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Catholic Schools Week dress down donations list

Catholic Schools Week dress down donations list

Bridges Outreach donations (1/29 dress down)

Spring/Summer clothing

Shorts (size 34-40)

Hoodies (size medium-2xl)

Sneakers (size 9-13)

Jeans (size 34-42)

T-shirts (size medium-2xl)

New underwear (size 34-42)

*Socks and undergarments MUST be new. All other clothing items may be GENTLY used but must be laundered prior to donating.

Eleventh Hour Rescue Wish list (1/30 dress down)

- Cleaning supplies

***Made in America products requested***

- High quality dog food dry and canned

- Peanut butter

- High quality dog treats

- Pill pockets

- NEW dog toys

- Poop bags

- Pee pads

- High quality cat food dry and canned

- Clumping cat litter

- Cat toys

- Cat treats

- Powdered milk replacement for kittens

- Copier paper

- Envelopes

- Sharpies

- Avery labels

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week 2024

The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week United in Faith and Community

St. (Pope) John Paul II said, “Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.”

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual initiative led by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) to celebrate the excellence and impact of Catholic schools. Each year, Catholic schools observe the celebration through a variety of activities, emphasizing the importance of Catholic education.

These are just a few of the things planned for 1/28-2/2/24.

Sunday, January 28th: Celebrating our Parish:

 Mass at 11:30 am. Students are asked to wear their full uniforms and sit with their parents.

Teachers will be present and will sit together at reserved pews.

An Open House will be held in the Media Center from 12:30-1:30 pm. HSA to host the event.

Book Fair will be open for all in our Gymnasium.

Monday, January 29th : Celebrating our Community

A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of Community. Our students take part in collecting spring and summer clothing for Bridges Outreach in Summit A detailed list of items needed will follow shortly.

Dress: Students are invited to wear Country (Hats and boots are welcome) vs Country Club attire.

Tuesday, January 30th

Celebrating our own SRLA Students!

We are all created in God’s image and God calls each of us. We are asked to live as Jesus does. Students will be asked to donate items for the Eleventh Hour Animal Resue League

(Wish list will distributed separately)

To recognize our students’ and their amazing accomplishments…we honor you by declaring a Homework Free Week (Thank you A.)

Dress: Your Favorite Team Jersey

Wednesday, January 31st: Celebrating our Nation

On National Appreciation for Catholic School students, families, educators and all Catholic school supporters we thank you one and all. Students are asked to provide a pantry item for the St. Joseph Food Pantry.

Dress: Students are asked to wear their favorite vacation place apparel

Eighth grade to be dressed in their full, winter uniform for their pinning ceremony following the 9:00 am Mass. Brunch will follow immediately after to be held in Ryan Hall. Parents and siblings are invited to attend. A separate invitation to follow shortly.

Thursday February 1st+ Celebrating Vocations

By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life.

Please bring a $1.00 donation for: The Dominican Sisters Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Dress: Wear the Decade of Your Choice

Friday, February 2nd:

 SRLA will embrace the Multicultural Face of God Through The Patron Saints of The Catholic Church

Culminating school-wide presentations in the gym: 10:00 am-11:00 am

The classes will present a very special presentation of Patron Saints. Members of the Communion of Saints who we look to for special intercession.

11:00-12:00 noon: International celebration of Food and Treats from the countries highlighted in our Multicultural program.

Raven Rundown, 1/19/24

12:10 Early Dismissal tomorrow NO AFTERCARE Friday January 19th

Dear Parents,

Saint Rose of Lima Academy will have a 12:10 Early Dismissal tomorrow, January 19th, as snow is predicted during the afternoon.


All after school and evening activities are canceled.


Principal Tina Underwood

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Everything you need to know about the SRLA Book Fair!!!

Dear Families,

The 2024 Book Fair at St. Rose of Lima Academy is happening soon! The Book Fair keeps our children reading and raises funds for our school. We’re very excited to be able to host this event again this year! To make our book fair a huge success, we need the help of all of our parents AND all of our children.

This year the book fair will be held in the GYM during Catholic Schools Week! The gym offers lots of great browsing for all age groups. The children will visit the book fair early in the week with their classes, accompanied by their teacher, to prepare their WISH LISTS. Wish Lists will then be sent home in your child's folder. Check off the books you'd like them to purchase from their wish list and send back to school with a check (made payable to St. Rose of Lima HSA), cash or ewallet funds. (see below for more info on ewallet and setting up your child's account.)

The preferred way for your child to buy books is through Scholastic’s eWALLET. With eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, your child can shop the fair cash-free. And now family, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet! Set up your account today, so your children are ready! We’d love to encourage you to use this feature, but the Book Fair will of course also be accepting cash/checks made out to St Rose of Lima HSA/credit card payment. Book Fair volunteers will fulfill these orders and books will be sent to your child’s classroom.

This year the teachers will also have an opportunity to create eWallets. With eWallet you can designate a dollar amount for your child’s classroom and the teachers will be able to pick out books for the classroom, completely tax free.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:


OR scan the QR code

Book Fair Hours: The Book Fair will be open on Sunday for parents who would like to shop with their children on Sunday January 28, 2024 from 10:30 - 1:30 PM . The children will shop with their classes from January 29th - February 1st.

Volunteer: Here is the sign up genius for volunteering slots. Please sign up to help. Please take note of the time slots your child’s class will be visiting the book fair if you’d like to specifically help with their class. There are also setup and cleanup hours available. Please remember: All volunteers must have an active certification from the "Protecting God's Children" course.

THANK YOU for your support!


School closed Tuesday January 16th

Dear Parents,

Saint Rose of Lima will be CLOSED today, Tuesday, January 16th.

With additional snow arriving at this hour and predicted to continue through the morning, as well as icy and slick road conditions, the district has decided to close for the safety of our staff and students.

Stay warm and drive carefully.

Principal Tina Underwood

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School not in session Monday, January 15th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Reminder :

School is not in session Monday, January 15th in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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Raven Rundown, 1/12/24

12:10 Dismissal Tomorrow and Dress Down Day

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 12th, is a 12:10 dismissal day and Dress Down Day for Charity.

All Preschool programs end at 11:25 on early dismissal/half days. 

There will be aftercare, but please note:

Anyone staying for aftercare must order lunch or bring their own lunch and a drink.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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10:10 am Delayed opening tomorrow Wednesday January 10th

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th, there is a 10:10am delayed opening due to inclement weather with the possibility of closing schools if necessary due to flooding and road closures.

As a reminder:

When school is cancelled during the day, all afternoon and evening activities will be rescheduled.


Principal Tina Underwood

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All Afterschool Activities Cancelled

Dear SRLA Families,

Due to the inclement weather, all  after school activities including athletic practices and play practices are canceled for today, Tuesday, January 9th.

In addition, our Aftercare program will be cancelled.

Please arrange to have your child/children picked-up by 3:30 pm. 

We will keep you updated as we monitor the storm.


Principal Underwood

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10am Delayed opening Monday January 8th

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, Monday January 8th, there is a 10:10am delayed opening due to inclement weather.

Due to the delayed opening pre k will start at 10:10am and end at 12:30.

Pre-school students may stay through 12:30 pm with no extra charge.



Principal Tina Underwood

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Raven Rundown, 1/5/24

Raven Rundown, 12/21/2023

Merry Christmas!

Dear SRLA Families,

Looking forward to the new year and every hope and dream it brings to our community and wishing all a very Merry Christmas!

May the celebrations of Christmas infuse your home and heart with timeless smiles and joys.


Thank you from the entire staff of Saint Rose of Lima Academy for the generous Christmas gift!


Today is our last day of school for this year.

See you all on January 3rd!


God bless,

Principal Underwood

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Children’s Liturgy Christmas PJ Party! Live Nativity

Twas the night before Christmas Eve... Saturday December 23rd

This year we refer to it as the EVE before Christmas Eve!

Due to this very rare occasion of the 4th Sunday of Advent coinciding with Christmas Eve, CLOW is celebrating the lighting of the fourth candle on Saturday during the 5:30pm Mass.

This will be no ordinary CLOW... it cannot be - this is an extraordinary situation, which calls for a spectacular event...

The EVE before Christmas Eve, also known as Children’s Liturgy Christmas PJ Party!

The children will participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word and return prior to the end of Mass - just like Bambinelli Sunday. After Mass the Hospitality Cart will be out with cookies and hot chocolate for all. Bring your extended family to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Flip the page...

Twas the night before Christmas... the real Christmas Eve!

Please return with your families to celebrate Christmas Mass

On Christmas Eve, the 4pm and 6pm Masses will have the Nativity Animals present.

On Christmas Day, the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses will have the Nativity Animals present.

* Amazing photos of the kids with the animals. This is a loved event at St Rose!

Don’t miss out on this busy, fun filled Christmas weekend. The children have Prepared the Way for Jesus to come, let’s finish strong! Plus who doesn’t love PJ parties with cookies and hot chocolate followed by a petting zoo on Christmas - no one!

I can’t wait to see everyone at the EVE before Christmas EVE and on Christmas.


PS - Bambinelli Sunday, WOW that was beyond spectacular! The costumes were amazing. The creativity, time and effort - you knocked our socks off! Please send photos and videos of the procession. Sister Sandy, Heidi and I are itching to see all the pictures of the beautiful children processing and singing.

SRLA Ornaments at the Christmas Concert!

Pick up your SRLA Keepsake Ornament at Wednesday's Christmas Concert!

Don't miss your chance to buy a beautiful SRLA ornament for your Christmas tree! These hand-blown glass ornaments are just $15 each, and proceeds will help fund beloved graduation traditions and festivities for our 8th Graders.


Members of the 8th Grade will be on hand at the back of the church both before and after the Christmas concert on Wednesday evening. Purchase online in advance and pick up your order that evening, or pay in cash at the church.


The 3" ornament features an original painting of the school by artist and SRLA grandparent Joseph Pieroni, and each one is individually boxed, making it a perfect gift!

The 8th Grade is grateful for the generous support of the SRLA community! See you at the concert!


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Raven Rundown, 12/15/2023

Christmas Concert info

Dear SRLA Families,

 Our annual Christmas Concert, presented by grades K through 8, will take place on Wednesday, December 20th 2023.

As we gather outside the church, we will begin with the arrival of Mary and her donkey for Stations of the Nativity as presented by our own 6th graders at 6:30 PM.


Upon its conclusion everyone will be invited into the church for our annual Christmas concert.


 The dress code is: festive and colorful holiday attire lots of red, green, silver, gold and white.

For girls: comfortable dress shoes, (heels less than 1”)

For boys: dress shoes (no sneakers, please)


 The students will leave with their families directly from the church at the end of the performance.


I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!

Merry Christmas!

Principal Underwood

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Raven Rundown, 12/8/2023

St. Rose of Lima Academy

Principal: Tina Underwood, Ed.S.
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: 973-379-3973
Fax: 973-379-3722



National Blue Ribbon School



St. Rose of Lima Parish

Pastor: Father Larry Evans

50 Short Hills Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973-379-3912 
Fax: 973-379-6157 

Website: http://www.stroseshorthills.org